Constitutional government in America, but could lead to even further damage to the rule of law. No, I am not referring to the elections.
The Supreme Court announced that it will take up the case of King vs. Burwell. In this case the Obama administration is being challenged over the legality of paying Obamacare subsidies to nearly 5 million enrollees on HealthCare.gov, the federal health care exchange. They have paid those subsidies without statutory authority, according to the plaintiff. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, explicitly allows those subsidies only to those who enroll on state-run exchanges. If the Supreme Court agrees that the subsidies are illegal under the plain language of the legislation, nearly 5 million people would lose their subsidies. This would be disruptive, to say the least, since 36 states do not have a state-run exchange.
The case is very awkward for the Obama administration. The Obama administration, working with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, wrote the legislation and passed the legislation without the participation of a single Republican. They put in the explicit language that limited subsidies to enrollees of state-run exchanges as a political tool to force states to set up state-run exchanges. A key policy maker for the Obama administration plainly stated as much in a very public way. But once it became clear that many states were not going to set up state-run exchanges, the Obama administration ignored its own legislative language, and paid subsidies to enrollees on the federal health care exchange anyway. more >>
A former CBS News investigative reporter is claiming that CBS News executives kept hidden part of a "60 Minutes" interview with President Barack Obama following the Benghazi terrorist attack in 2012 that could have hurt the president's reelection campaign.
Sharyl Attkisson, who resigned from CBS News earlier this year due to her frustration with what she claimed was the network's liberal bias and lack of dedication to investigative reporting, said in interviews with two news networks on Sunday that CBS News executives "kept secret" an exclusive 60 Minutes interview where Obama refused to label the attacks on the US compound in Benghazi as an "act of terror."
During the 2012 election, Obama had to defend himself when Republican challenger Mitt Romney said during a presidential debate that it had taken Obama 14 days to declare the attacks on Benghazi, which killed four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens, as an act of terrorism. Obama replied saying that he had declared that the attack was an "act of terror" in his initial remarks the day after the Benghazi attack at a press conference held at the White House Rose Garden. more >>
Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt, the Navy chaplain discharged for praying in Jesus' name while in uniform, and who was elected to the Colorado State House last Tuesday, is already creating a bit of a stir primarily among liberals.
Klingenschmitt beat out his Democratic challenger, retired school teacher Lois Fornander with 70 percent of the vote in Colorado's District 15 where he says Republicans make up about 43% all registered voters.
In a statement celebrating his win, Klingenschmitt vowed to fight for residents' First Amendment rights regardless of their background. He said "I owe a great debt to our volunteers and donors, and I am humbled by the voters' support. As perhaps the only ordained minister elected to our state Republican caucus, I will work hard to represent all people of my district, regardless of political or religious belief. As a Chaplain, veteran, and PhD in Theology, I will defend everybody's First Amendment rights." more >>
First Connecticut, and then New York passed gun control laws this year - that many people believe are unconstitutional - turning hundreds of thousands of AR-15 owners into felons simply for not registering their guns. Now, Washington state gun owners intend to take things to a new level in response to Washington's new gun control law. At least 5,500 are planning to openly violate the heavy-handed law, I-594, during a rally at the state capitol in Olympia on December 13th. The law goes into effect on December 4th, after the Secretary of State certifies the election results. Not a single so-called mainstream media source has mentioned the unprecedented event, even though RSVPs continue to increase every day.
This is practically unheard of in the modern era; not only will 5,500 people deliberately violate the law through civil disobedience, but will violate felony gun laws. Washington is one of few remaining blue states that has remained friendly to gun owners, and so gun owners are furious that a handful of billionaires were able to come in and buy the election, contributing about half the $10 million poured into the race to support I-594, almost 10 times as much as the opposition. Unsuccessful at getting the legislature to pass the law, gun control proponents resorted to billionaires to push it through instead as an initiative. Their money provided the resources to afford to run continuous misleading ads on TV.
The Facebook page for "I-594 I Will Not Comply" states, "We will rally at the capitol, openly exchange guns, unveil and plan to break apart the entire legislation and violate I-594 in every possible way … We will buy and sell guns from whom we please, we will not submit to background checks, we will not give up our rights, WE WILL NOT comply." more >>
Writing in response to my article "Secularism Declares Open War On Religious Faith," an atheist has assured his readers that there is no such war and that, more importantly, in order to avoid conflict with the larger society, I should simply keep my religion in the closet. He has thereby confirmed my article rather than refuted it, and the comments from his fellow-atheist readers only bring further confirmation.
Writing in the Thinking Atheist blog, Terry Firma mocked the idea that, "if you're an evangelical Christian, 'You have been marked, and you have been classified as a dangerous extremist.'"
Dismissing my statement that, "secularism has been waging war against religion for centuries," Firma asks, "Don't you think you might have that backwards, professor?" more >>
Based on the talk after Election Day, it could be easy to think we might as well forget about pro-life campaigns. Two out of three pro-life ballot initiatives failed on Tuesday. The campaigners – in Colorado specifically – are often criticized for coming at it again and again.
So why do it? Why should pro-lifers continue to put measures on state ballots? Why should they continue to push legislation in their state and federal legislatures?
What's the point? more >>